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About Alessandro Ludovisi
He was born in Bologna to Pompeo Ludovisi, Count of Samoggia, and Camilla Bianchini, one of seven children.
Pope Gregory XV with his cardinal-nephew of unprecedented income and authority, Ludovico Ludovisi, known as il cardinale padrone.
Educated at the Collegio Romano of the Jesuits in Rome, he went to the University of Bologna to get degrees in canon and Roman law, June 1575. There is no evidence that he ever took orders: his early career was as a papal jurist in Rome. In 1612, Paul V appointed him Archbishop of Bologna and sent him in August 1616 as nuncio to the Duchy of Savoy, to mediate between Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy and Philip III of Spain in their dispute concerning the Gonzaga Marquisate of Montferrat. In September 1616, Paul created him Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria in Traspontina. Cardinal Ludovisi remained at his see in Bologna until he went to Rome after the death of Pope Paul V to take part in the conclave in which he was chosen.